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2017Oct 29

Connor Vande Weghe

Connor Vande Weghe
Written by Tyler Rivest

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Being the best isn’t about your natural talent or how lucky you are. Being the best is about working harder then everyone else and wanting to improve yourself to be the best you can possibly be. I would like to tell everyone the path I took to get here and how I came to be the person I am today. I want people to know my story, hear the challenges I went through and where I want to go from here.

       1297867784149_ORIGINALEveryone sees me as the tall goalie from Laurentian University that stops everything that comes his way and has the most amount of saves in the league. But, no one sees what it took to get here and all the hard work and dedication endured. I started off as the goalie for my high school. I had a coach there who really pushed me to my limits. He made me see the game as more than just a sport. He made me see soccer as a lifestyle. We worked hard at practice and whenever I would misstep or make a mistake, he was sure to let me know. However, all that pressure made me a better player and helped me step up to be a leader. I give him a lot of credit and I think he is the biggest reason why, I am now captain of the Laurentian Voyageurs Soccer Team.

3d4882b3ce3d8b28888d13857f5d47c8_400x400 (1)Soccer didn’t always come easy to me and sometimes it still doesn’t. I had to overcome various challenges and obstacles. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to surpass these obstacles. However, I now know first hand that with a enough hard work, you can do anything. In my first year of playing for the Laurentian, we had a terrible season. We ended with a record of 4 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. Moral for me and the team was really down. We had the mentality of accepting defeat before the game even started. But, you gotta be able to look past that and into the future. On the off-season, me and team worked hard and it payed off. Now, were in a really good spot to clinch a play-off spot and are sitting 3rd in the league.

Sept_9-17_-_416_storyBut the journey doesn’t stop here. I want to continue improving and growing with Soccer. Next year I want to be able to make it far into the play-offs and make it to the semi-finals and prove to other schools that Laurentian is here to compete and we shouldn’t be taken lightly. Then, the year after that I would like to actually win a championship with my team. I would also like to continue my coaching with my youth team and watch them progress into future athletes and stars. I have made it my main goal to help make soccer grow in the community of Sudbury and allow other people to experience the game as I have.